Arizona’s Drug Diversion Program
Help from Our Mesa Drug Crimes Attorney – (480) 418-0776
Arizona State offers a unique Drug Diversion Program (DDP) to
juveniles charged with
drug possession and who have a clean criminal record. The purpose of the DDP is to allow
youths to set themselves back on the right track of a drug-free life without
carrying the burden of a conviction at such a young age. Without the DDP,
a juvenile and their parent or guardian could be penalized with legal
If your child has been accused of a
drug crime in Arizona, call
(480) 418-0776to connect with Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys. If it appears
that traditional litigation will not help your child due to overwhelming
direct evidence against them, we determine if the Drug Diversion Program
will be available to them. Start your case now and learn your legal options
by requesting an
free initial consultation with Mesa Criminal Defense Attorney Charlie Naegle.
How the Drug Diversion Program Works
Juveniles accused of nonviolent drug crimes can use the Drug Diversion
Program to avoid time spent in a juvenile detention center, where they
could have been exposed to individuals convicted of more dangerous crimes.
The DDP begins with extensive drug counseling to warn the child of the
inherent hazards of drug use. The child will be assigned a diversion officer
who they must meet with regularly for 6 months to 2 years, depending on
the severity of the charges. If they pass all drug tests during this time
and the program is completed, the charges may be dropped against the juvenile
without ever turning into a conviction.
The Judicial Branch of Arizona states that the purpose of the DDP is:
- Reduce illegal drug use among juveniles
- Allow accused juveniles to develop helpful life skills
- Educate parents and family members about drug abuse risks
- Teach the juvenile the importance of community responsibility
- Protect the juvenile’s name by avoiding conviction
- Establish a clean, sober support group for aftercare options
Utilizing the Drug Diversion Program to Your Benefit
There are certainly bright benefits to using Arizona’s Drug Diversion
Program; no parent wants their child to become addicted to a dangerous
and illegal substance. Obtaining those benefits depends on whether or
not you can convince the court that your child deserves that chance. Allow
our Mesa juvenile crime lawyer to represent you and build a case that
protects your child’s best interests.
Contact our law office today to get more information about your options.